New patients receive a comprehensive examination that includes a screening for oral cancer, gum and bone disease, blood pressure, and systemic disorders. A routine oral exam is performed on established patients to determine any changes in dental and health status since the previous visit.
During tooth scaling, an instrument called a scaler is used to remove dental plaque and dental calculus from beneath the gums. This plaque is filled with bacteria and must be removed to prevent further gum disease.
Once the dental plaque and dental calculus have been removed, the area that has been scraped leaves a jagged appearance. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth’s root.
Planing helps gums heal: it’s easier for gums to reattach themselves to a smoother root than one still suffering from the results of gum disease. The smooth surface also helps keep dental plaque from attacking the tooth’s root, making it easier to maintain the gums following dental treatment.
A gum lift is a cosmetic procedure allows our doctors to remove excess gum tissue, revealing more teeth in a smile. If a patient’s smile is excessively “gummy”, the procedure may be beneficial.
Soft Tissue Grafting
Gums can recess and expose deeper parts of the tooth. This is not only unattractive, but also a sign of potential gum disease. Exposed roots make your teeth more vulnerable to bacteria, cause tooth sensitivity and an uneven gum line. For excessive gum recession, our dentists may recommend a gum grafting treatment.
Gum grafting allows our dentists to restore an even gum line, repair damaged gums, and shield more of the tooth to prevent further issues.